The weather is finally starting to warm up* and with warm weather comes the triumphant return of the custard files!
The custard masters at Shake Shack must be reading our dream journals because chocolate peanut butter pretzel is something out of our collective subconscious. As we have learned before, the custard flavors with chunks–cake, cookies, doughnuts– cannot be blended into shake form (Julianna takes some issue with this, citing cookies and cream milkshakes as an example of blendable chunks) so we both went with a single scoop in a cup.
Since this was our first custard date of 2011 we decided to splurge and get lunch as well, so by the time we got to our custard it had gotten a nice and gooey. The general consensus was this was the most custard-y custard we have had to date. Often the line between frozen custard and ice cream isn’t particularly apparent, but in this case the rich egg-y goodness that makes frozen custard so tasty was front and center. The chocolate peanut butter custard almost had a mouse-like texture to it and the pretzel bites were nicely distributed. The general consensus was that this custard was pretty close to perfect.
That previously mentioned richness, however conquered Vanessa, and she was very sadly unable to finish her scoop (this might have had something to do with the burger and fries she had just eaten). Julianna, on the other hand, was wishing she had had the forethought to order it as a concrete with caramel added.
After much debate we give it a 4.75, but add some caramel and this thing would be OFF THE SCALE.
*after all the snow we had this winter 45 degrees is AWESOME.
Rating: 4.75 (julianna’s 4.5 and Vanessa’s 5)
There was a lot of anticipation for this flavor. Both Vanessa and I LOVE coconut and caramel-y things. Vanessa had memories of a dessert at a DC tex mex restaurant called “cajeta” that was a coconut caramel-y treat and she was hoping that the custard would replicate that. I just can’t ever get enough coconut in my life, so I was excited.
We split a milkshake and in an effort to replicate the cajeta we created a concrete of the custard with walnuts (we would have preferred pecans), caramel, and coconut. The milkshake didn’t pack as much of a coconut-y punch as we would have liked, and the caramel was a bit too sweet. The concrete also could have used more coconut. It was good– but not good enough. It could have used more coconut flakes and maybe a saltier caramel. The bites of pure custard in the concrete however, were pretty awesome, so we thing we should have gone with custard over a milkshake this time.
We were both excited and apprehensive about this flavor. Excited because it obviously contains chocolate, and anything that contains chocolate is a friend of ours. The apprehension we blame on 30 Rock–on the show, “chuckle” is a local delicacy of Stone Mountain, Georgia*, hometown of Kenneth the Page. What is chuckle, you ask? Well, it’s gross, so click here for an explanation. Even though we are aware this doesn’t exist in real life (…right?), the similarity in name was a bit disconcerting. What made this custard so chuckle-y, we wondered???
We both got shakes and had different reactions. Julianna tasted super-chocolate, like chocolate custard blended with chocolate syrup, while Vanessa instantly tasted chocolate peanut butter. After a few tastes, Julianna came around to Vanessa’s way of thinking. So there you have it, folks–Chocolate Chuckles is a fancy (and worrying?) way of saying chocolate peanut butter. While not the most innovative flavor, it was pretty satisfying.
Rating: 3.5 (average vanessa’s 4 and julianna’s 3)
*Author’s note: Although Stone Mountain is portrayed as Hicksville in the show, in real life it is actually a nice suburb of Atlanta. We very much doubt they eat chuckle there.
While we were busy shoving our faces full of Boston Creme Pie on Wednesday, our dear friend Emily enjoyed a Black and White Milkshake from Shake Shack.
We spend so much time trying to sample the specials custards we dont get to give a lot of attention to the regular flavors, so it was nice to have Emily putting her two cents in.
She liked her Black and White milkshake, but it wasn’t what she had expected. A native of Florida, Emily was hoping for a milkshake in the vein of the Stake and Shake side by side with half vanilla and half chocolate ice cream, instead of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce through out. Despite her disappointment, she couldn’t argue with it’s deliciousness.